Our French curriculum allows children in Year 3 to explore the basics of their new language. Each term the children cover a variety of topics, such as greetings, food and drink, hobbies, and family. Whilst children are introduced to a range of new vocabulary, they are also encouraged to formulate simple phrases and sentences to further develop their knowledge and use of the language. Grammar points are included throughout and, in Year 3, children will become familiar with concepts such as masculine and feminine nouns and verbs.
Each lesson builds on the previous, and previous vocabulary is re-visited, and conversations are built upon. For example, by the end of Year 3, it is expected that children will be able to hold a basic conversation which includes information about them, including all the content from the year:
As children progress into Year 4, they will continue to find out more about how French works and will discover more useful vocabulary from areas such as jobs and professions, going on holiday, and healthy lifestyles. Again, sentence building will form an integral part of children’s learning as they encounter new phrases and start to link them together. Other grammar points include the introduction of reflexive verbs and demonstrative pronouns, as well as comparatives and superlatives. By the end of Year 4, children will be able to tell the time, talk about their morning routine and discuss weather and holidays.